Research Center
(941) 723-2911

Blake Whisenant, inventor and patent holder of the Earthbox Gardening Container

Welcome to The Earthbox Research Center!

The Earthbox Research Center is owned and operated by Whisenant Farms and the Whisenant Family and is the home of the Earthbox container growing system. The Earthbox is the product of a lifetime dream and years of diligent research by Blake Whisenant, the inventor and patent holder. The Earthbox is based on the gradient system as recognized by Dr. C.M. Geraldson, Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida.

Blake began work on developing a container for growing vegetables and flowers in the late 1980s. This work resulted in the Earthbox, a revolutionary new way of gardening and the Earthbox Research Center was opened in 1996. Since that time, thousands of home gardeners have attended the free, twice weekly classes held at the Center in Ellenton and gone home to grow superb vegetables or flowers.

Stop by and see our garden and we will be happy to show you the benefits of the Earthbox. We can make your gardening easier, more productive and more water efficient. More than 50 years of vegetable growing expertise come with every Earthbox we sell, and we do everything we can to put you "in the green".

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hours of operation:

  • Mon 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Tues – Fri 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Closed on Sunday



941-723-2911 phone
941-722-3040 fax




Free Instructional Classes

Every Wed & Sat @ 10am
No reservations required.